Purdue Alumni

September 2014
Q&A with Jim Schwantz – current Palatine major and former NFL / Purdue Football great

  1. What was your favorite memory of life at Purdue? Football Saturdays.
    No better place on campus than Ross Ade Stadium on a Saturday afternoon!  IMHO…
  2. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment while at Purdue?
    Graduating!  Also winning the Kiwanis Citizenship award for being actively involved in the community.
  3. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment since Purdue?
    I would say raising 2 great kids.  My wife, Brenda (’93 grad) and I are extremely proud of them.
  4. What was your biggest take-away from your NFL career?
    It started while at Purdue… How to be a part of a team.  I truly believe this is a lost art.
  5. What do you enjoy most about living in the North/Northwest suburbs of Chicago?
    The opportunities afforded to us by living here.  Whether it is recreational, professional or social there is so much to be involved with here.
  6. What do you find most enjoyable about your current position as the Mayor of Palatine?
    I get to be part of a team again.  It was one of the things I missed most when I retired.  Instead of being on a team whose goal it is to win games, I am now part of a team whose goal it is to provide top level services to our stakeholders and be as responsive as possible.
  7. What advice would you give to current Purdue students?
    Take full advantage of all that Purdue has to offer.  Your time will go fast and you do not want to have any regrets!